"Let's meet at 2 p.m. Thursday. It'll be so hot."
Americans apparently are saying things like that more frequently, but it's not because they're grabbing quickies at a cheap roadside motel (or maybe they are; we don't judge).
Instead, they're taking short, spontaneous trips to try to shake off the pandemic ennui and make up for nearly two years of restrictions — more playing hooky from work for a long weekend, less illicit lov-ah action.
And naturally, Cincinnati is right in the thick of things.
In Hotwire's 2021 index of "America's Best Cities for a Quickie," the travel company says that Cincinnati is No. 5 among mid-sized cities. Lexington and Cleveland also make the top 10 at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.
The usual suspects -- New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles -- top the list of major cities, and Orlando is the small-town favorite on Hotwire's list (though we quibble a bit with Orlando being considered a "small town").
Hotwire surveyed 1,000 adults about their travel desires and examined 10,000 proprietary and public data points to determine its rankings. According to a press release, Hotwire says that "quickie" destinations have the following attributes:
- Bang for your buck/value: high demand for 4- and 5-star accommodations, low rates for 4- and 5-star accommodations, biggest last-minute savings when booking
- Things to do/leisure: number of restaurants, number of attractions, fewest rainy days
- Ease of arrival/driveability: shortest drive for the most people
That said, those who are looking to steal away for a more traditional quickie may want to head to Dayton. Earlier this summer, LawnStarter named it the No. 8 horniest city in the United States.
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